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Todd Rundgren – who previously panned the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a “scam” – will not perform at his upcoming induction, as revealed by a recent conversation with Ultimate Classic Rock.
“My relationship with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, quite obviously, it’s not copacetic,” the musician explained. “I have offered to do something live for them from my venue. I will stop my show and acknowledge the award and mostly acknowledge my fans, because it’s for them. They’re the ones who wanted it. And now they’ve got it. So it’s a celebration for them, not so much for me. I’ve been totally willing to do that. But for me to do something extraordinary for the Hall of Fame would just be hypocritical. You know, I’m too much on the record about my feelings.”
Rundgren also adds, “I’ve striven since the nomination to just not say anything. Because I don’t want to rain on anybody else’s parade,” the rocker explains. “A lot of artists take this seriously. Just because I don’t, doesn’t mean I should try and spoil it for them. So, you know, I haven’t really had much to say about it. I would just like it to elapse without any kind of bad vibes or anything being a result of it. I’d just like it to happen and be over with.”
Other new inductees to the Rock Hall include Carole King, Tina Turner, Foo Fighters, The Go-Gos and Jay Z.